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Landmark Berkeley hotel marks 90 years with $90 rooms

Landmark Berkeley hotel marks 90 years with $90 rooms
The lobby of the Graduate Berkeley, which has a preppy and vintage vibe, is located near UC Berkeley. The original hotel opened in 1928. (Christian Horan/ Graduate Hotels)

Return to the 1920s at the Graduate Berkeley, formerly the Hotel Durant, for a 90th-anniversary celebration that starts with $90 rooms. The limited-time deal comes with a daily Champagne toast, historical tour of the hotel and the neighborhood, and screenings of movies from the era.

The deal: The deal is available for nine days starting June 30 and requires a minimum stay of two nights. Use the code "90VIP" to find the $90 rooms.

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A double room at the Graduate Berkeley hotel.
A double room at the Graduate Berkeley hotel. (Christian Horan / Graduate Hotels)

The Spanish Colonial-style hotel in downtown opened in 1928 with 140 rooms. It was named for the first UC president, Henry Durant. Today the hotel with 144 rooms mixes the old and the new with colorful modern murals, old-time velvet-covered walls and room motifs that give a nod to the hotel’s collegiate past.

When: Good for stays June 30 through July 8 only; must reserve by July 6.

Tested: I checked availability online for a July 1-4 stay and found a room with one queen-sized bed for $90 instead of $137, excluding taxes and fees. This could be a good deal for students and parents who want to explore the UC Berkeley campus and save money.

The Graduate Berkeley, known as the Hotel Durant when it opened 90 years ago. It's named for the first UC president, whose name also appears on a hotel bar.
The Graduate Berkeley, known as the Hotel Durant when it opened 90 years ago. It's named for the first UC president, whose name also appears on a hotel bar. (Christian Horan/ Graduate Hotels)

Info: Graduate Berkeley, 2600 Durant Ave.; (510) 845-8981

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